Richard Kent

Richard KentProfessor of Literacy & English Education
Phone: 207.581.2746, 207.364.2953 (home), 207.418.5403 (cell)

315 Shibles Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5766

Bio: Richard Kent is a professor at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development and the director emeritus of the Maine Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. He is the author of many books, including “Writing on the Bus: Using Athletic Team Notebooks and Journals to Advance Learning and Performance in Sports” and “A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12,” the 2006 National Book of the Year for the International Writing Centers Association, an assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English.

A former high school English teacher, athletic coach, and writing center director at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Maine, Rich served as the State of Maine’s 1993 Teacher of the Year and in 1994 received the National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. As Maine’s state soccer coach, Kent and his staff brought 30 select soccer teams to England over a 13-year period. He has served as a high school administrator, the founding executive director of the Rumford Learning Center, and a teacher-educator in inner-city Los Angeles.

Ph.D., 2002, Claremont Graduate University
M.A. Studies, Middlebury College
M.A. Studies, University of Maine
B.S., 1976, University of Southern Maine

Courses taught at UMaine

  • EHD 472: Teaching Writing
  • ERL 540: Writing in Schools and Colleges
  • ERL 590: Seminar in Nonfiction Writing
  • ERL 590: Seminar in Poetry Writing
  • EDG 657: Writing Practicum

Sample publications


  • Kent, R. (2012). Writing on the Bus: Using Athletic Team Notebooks and Journals to Advance Learning and Performance in Sports. New York, NY: Peter Lang and Berkeley, CA: National Writing Project.
  • Newkirk, T. & Kent. R., Eds. (2016, 6th printing). Teaching the Neglected “R”: Rethinking Writing Instruction in Secondary Classrooms. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Kent, R. (2006). A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12. New York, NY: Peter Lang. Recipient: Outstanding Scholarship in a Book Award, 2006, International Writing Centers Association (IWCA Book of the Year).
  • Kent. R. (2000). Beyond Room 109: Developing Independent Study Projects. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Kent. R. (1997). Room 109: The Promise of a Portfolio Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Forthcoming: A Guide to Creating Student-Staffed Writing Centers, Grades 6-12, 2nd Edition. Peter Lang/USA.


  • Kent, R. (1994). The Mosquito Test. Mt. Desert, ME: Windswept House, 1994.
  • Kent, R. (1985). Play On! Mt. Desert, ME: Windswept House, 1985.


  • Kent, R. (1981). Entering Weld. Brunswick, ME: Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. (MWPA Grant Award).

Visit Rich’s websites
Writing Athletes:
High School Writing Centers:
Secondary Writing Center Resource:
Writing & the Teaching of Writing Resource:
National Writing Project Resource Website for Secondary Writing Centers:
Writing the Dance:
One Dog’s Writer (personal blog):